Conn. Resources Recovery Authority


When our natural resources seemed limitless, recycling had a very low priority. But by the 1980s, landfill shortages began to occur, leading to solid waste being transported long distances. In the past decade, communities' growing resistance to accepting out-of-state waste, along with an increased environmental awareness, led to a shift in focus toward reusing, rather than burying, solid waste. The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority's 6,500-square-foot facility teaches about the modern technological improvements that engineers have made not only in solid waste management but also in manufacturing and processing recyclable materials.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Environmental
Topic(s):Green
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Americans throw away enough aluminum cans to rebuild our commercial air fleet every three months--and discard enough glass containers to fill the 1,350-foot-tall twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center every two weeks. The U.S. throws away enough plastic bottles to make 250,000 sweaters or insulate 500,000 ski jackets every hour.